Mercedes-Benz aims to compete in the residential solar energy space

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Automaker joins with Vivint Solar to offer new residential energy solution Automaker Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be partnering with Vivint Solar, a solar energy company based in the United States, in order to compete in the residential solar energy and storage space. Notably, the two companies are looking to compete with Tesla, which has established a powerful presence within the residential space despite its focus on clean transportation. This partnership may provide homeowners with more options when it comes to making use of clean power and technology, allowing…

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China and India are on their way to meeting their Paris Agreement goals

Climate Change - Moving Toward Meeting Paris Agreement Goals

China and India may meet their Paris Agreement goals before other countries Both China and India are well on their way to meeting the goals established by the Paris Agreement. The agreement calls upon several countries to make significant cuts to emissions production and embrace renewable energy more aggressively. Analysis from Climate Action Tracker shows that policies in both China and India are helping these countries target emissions. Both of these countries are outpacing the United States in terms of emissions reduction, partly due to shifting support of the Paris…

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Cost of solar energy is now lower than coal in India

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Price of solar energy continues to fall in India The cost of solar energy in India has hit a record low. This form of power is now less expensive than electricity generated from fossil-fuels. Currently, the cost of solar energy is 18% lower than the electricity produced through the use of coal-fired plants. India has established itself as a very attractive market for solar energy, which has attracted numerous developers to the country. The swell of new solar projects has helped lower the cost of solar-generated electricity throughout the country….

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AFC Energy seeks to expand use of hydrogen fuel cells in Germany

Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Germany - German Flag

Fuel cell developer begins engineering work at German facility AFC Energy, a leading developer of industrial hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it is expanding its presence in the German market. The company has officially begun its engineering work at the Covestro Industrial Park, which is owned by Covestro Deutchland. AFC Energy is leading this engineering work, aiming to review the use of new technology and predict the costs associated with using hydrogen fuel cells. The company is currently installing one of its 1 megawatt alkaline fuel cells at the…

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Solar energy is seeing strong growth in Minnesota

Solar Energy Strong Growth - Solar Panels and Sky

State’s solar energy sector is experiencing promising growth Minnesota’s solar energy sector is growing at a rapid pace. The state has been showing aggressive support for solar power in recent years in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. Minnesota added nearly as much solar capacity during the first three months of this year as in the entirety of 2016. The state’s solar capacity was only one megawatt in 2009, and now Minnesota’s capacity has reached 447 megawatts. Solar power to continue expanding throughout 2017…

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E.ON teams with Google to bring Sunroof to Germany

Sunroof - Solar Panels and Sky

Utility will be working with Google to make Sunroof platform available to German homeowners E.ON, the largest utility in Germany, has announced that it will be partnering with Google in order to expand its presence in the solar energy market. Through E.ON, Google will be able to introduce its new Sunroof platform to the German market. This will mark the first time that the Sunroof will be available outside of the United States. The new platform may be very attractive to homeowners, especially those that have an interest in solar…

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Ambitious geothermal energy project in Iceland successfully completes its first phase

Geothermal Energy - Volcano in Iceland

Iceland Deep Drilling Project has completed drilling into a volcano Geologists and engineers in Iceland have successfully completed the first stage of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, focused on gauging the economic feasibility of unconventional geothermal energy resources. The project involved drilling deep into the heart of a volcano. Drilling such a borehole is quite risky, but the project has managed to reach its target depth. Now, researchers will determine how the volcano can be used to generate geothermal energy in an effective manner. Project drills 2.9 miles into a…

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Solar energy industry employs more people than the coal industry in the US

Solar Energy Industry - Solar panels being installed on rooftops

Report shows that the solar energy industry is having a major economic impact The solar energy industry employs more people in the United States than the coal industry, according to a recent report from the Department of Energy. Currently, the federal government is planning to show strong support for fossil-fuels. President Trump intends to relax regulations on the oil and coal industries in order to generate economic growth and create new jobs. The issue, however, is that job creation may lie within the renewable energy sector, largely due to the…

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Hawaii makes more progress toward its renewable energy goals

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Utility has reached a major milestone with renewable energy Hawaiian Electric, along with its subsidiaries Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, is celebrating the significant progress that has been made in embracing renewable energy. Together, these companies provide electricity for 95% of residents of five of Hawaii’s main islands. Recently, the state has been working to focus more heavily on renewable energy in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. Clean power has also helped Hawaii become more energy independent. 2016 saw renewable energy play…

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Apple to focus on renewable energy to fight climate change

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Report highlights Apple’s continued efforts to become environmentally friendly Apple has released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, showcasing the moves that the company has made to become more sustainable. The report has established an ambitious goal for the company: To end the use of costly materials in the development of new products. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives notes that the company intends to put an end to its mining operations. Apple will also focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to reduce its…

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Renewable energy is becoming less expensive than coal

Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal

New report highlights the increasingly affordable nature of renewable energy Unsubsidized wind and solar power have become the least expensive forms of new energy generation. A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that renewable energy experienced a significant reduction in cost last year. As clean power systems begin to not rely on subsidies from governments, the electricity they generated is becoming less expensive than that generated by coal. Cost of clean power is falling quickly According to the report, the total cost of generating…

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Albuquerque will be investing $25 million in solar energy

Solar Energy - Albuquerque

City plans to support the installation of new solar energy systems Albuquerque, New Mexico, is set to begin investing heavily in solar energy. Last year the City Council approved a resolution that will see the city derive 25% of its electricity from solar power by 2025. To accomplish this goal the city will be investing $25 million for the installation of solar panels. These panels will be installed on city buildings throughout the next two years. The money comes from federal bonds. Albuquerque receives 3% of its electricity from solar…

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Oklahoma is ending its wind energy tax credit

Wind Energy - Tax Credit Ending

State moves to put an end to tax credit that has supported wind energy for a decade Oklahoma will be putting an end to a tax credit that has helped support the growth of wind energy in the state. Currently, Oklahoma ranks third in the United States in terms of wind capacity and generation, largely due to the tax credit that has supported the sector for a decade. Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation this week that will roll back the tax credit gradually through 2027. The short-term impact of this…

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Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

Solar Energy - California Coast

Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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BT to purchase electricity from Scottish wind energy system

Wind Energy - Wind Turbine in Scotland

BT will be forming a power purchase agreement with wind energy developer in Scotland BT, a telecommunications operator in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will be entering into a power purchase agreement with a Scottish wind energy company. Through this deal, BT will be spending $230 million over the next 15 years in order to purchase electricity generated by a wind farm in Scotland. According to BT, there are 13 wind turbines in the north of Scotland that generate approximately 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity every year. Company plans…

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Solar energy in Indiana is being threatened by new legislation

Solar Energy - Sunset on farm in Indiana

Legislation seeks to make changes to state’s net metering program New legislation in Indiana could have a major impact on the state’s solar energy industry. This week, the state’s House of Representatives approved a bill that would lower the compensation that homeowners receive for funneling surplus electricity into the energy grid. Advocates of solar energy have decried the legislation, suggesting that it makes unnecessary changes to the state’s net metering program. If enacted, the legislation could make solar energy significantly less attractive to a wide range of consumers. Solar energy…

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